Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, October 6th:

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Instinet. The firm currently has a $47.00 target price on the stock.

Roth Capital began coverage on shares of Aspen Group (OTCBB:ASPU). They issued a buy rating and a $10.00 target price on the stock.

Axovant Sciences (NYSE:AXON) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Chardan Capital. They currently have a $3.00 target price on the stock.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Seaport Global Securities. The firm currently has a $200.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $225.00.

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) assumed coverage on shares of bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE). Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) issued a conviction-buy rating on the stock.

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Guggenheim. Guggenheim currently has a $78.00 price target on the stock.

Collegium Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:COLL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $15.00 price target on the stock.

Collegium Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:COLL) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. The firm currently has a $25.00 price target on the stock.

Airbus SE (EPA:EAD) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The).

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Over the past one year, Ericsson’s shares have underperformed the industry’s average return. Ericsson also has a dreadful earnings history – with huge, consecutive earnings misses over the trailing four quarters. Ericsson has warned that an uncertain market could wipe out nearly SEK 5 billion of operating income over the next year. There is also an increased risk of market and customer project adjustments, which can have a negative impact of SEK 3-5 billion on the operating income in the coming year. Escalating restructuring expenses and spectrum crunch may pose as significant headwinds, going forward. Soft emerging market conditions, completion of major projects and adverse industry trends added to the woes. On the positive side, Ericsson plans to invest in R&D to fortify Networks business and intends to stabilize IT & Cloud roadmaps.”

HP (NYSE:HPQ) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. The firm currently has a $23.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $22.00.

Instinet started coverage on shares of ILG (NASDAQ:ILG). Instinet issued a buy rating and a $35.00 price target on the stock.

Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. The firm currently has a $60.00 price target on the stock.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) was upgraded by analysts at Cleveland Research from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Mtu Aero Engines A (NASDAQ:MTUAY) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The).

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at CIBC. They currently have a $215.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $200.00.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $207.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Netflix is benefitting from its focus on original programming and international expansion. The recent increase in monthly subscriptions price for the U.S. consumers will drive Netflix’s top-line. The strength in content portfolio will help it to gain more subscribers across the globe. Going ahead, the company expects to add 0.75 million subscribers in the domestic streaming segment and 3.65 million subscribers in the international segment in the third quarter. The company’s efforts to attract viewers through investing in more regional programming should also boost user base. Plus, the company expects to report profits from International operations in the third quarter. In the past one year, Netflix shares have vastly outperformed the industry. Estimates have remained stable ahead of the upcoming earnings release. But, investments in original/acquired content remain a drag on profitability.”

Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $14.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Annaly have outperformed the industry year to date. Notably, the company is making efforts to diversify its investment and funding options. Recently, the company announced a common stock offering of 65 million shares. Moreover, a strong financial position has enabled the company to pay a constant dividend for 15 consecutive quarters. Moving ahead, its prudent selection of assets, diversified investment and financing options, as well as exposure to high-quality mortgage-backed securities (MBSs) are anticipated to support bottom-line growth. However, stiff competition, adverse macro-economic conditions and any rise in rate of interest may add to the company’s woes.”

Pepsico (NYSE:PEP) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They currently have a $122.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $125.00.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $27.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $25.00.

Resources Connection (NASDAQ:RECN) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They currently have a $13.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $12.00.

Dow Jones Equity All REIT Total Return Index (NASDAQ:REIT) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $20.50 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $19.50.

Reata Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RETA) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $44.00 price target on the stock.

Sturm, Ruger & (NYSE:RGR) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Aegis. The firm currently has a $67.00 target price on the stock.

Saia (NASDAQ:SAIA) was downgraded by analysts at Wolfe Research from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) (TSE:SH) had its equal weight rating reiterated by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a $109.00 price target on the stock.

Sherwin-Williams Company (The) (NYSE:SHW) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Northcoast Research. Northcoast Research currently has a $435.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $375.00.

Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Sanofi’s Diabetes franchise is under significant pressure with key product, Lantus facing increasing competitive pressure at the payor level and the presence of biosimilar competition in several European markets and Japan. Sanofi’s outlook for its Diabetes franchise is also bleak due to a tough U.S. payer environment. At the Q2 conference call, management warned that US diabetes sales will decline faster in the second half. Other headwinds include generic competition and slower-than-expected uptake of new products like Praluent. Sanofi’s shares have underperformed the industry in the past three months. However, Sanofi's focus on streamlining its business and pursuing business development deals is encouraging. Further, new drugs like Aubagio and Lemtrada are likely to continue doing well. Estimates have remained stable ahead of Q3 earnings release. Sanofi has a positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters.”

Thermon Group Holdings (NYSE:THR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $25.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $21.00.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Guggenheim. They currently have a $430.00 target price on the stock.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $133.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “United Parcel Service's shares have outperformed its industry as well as rival FedEx over the last three months. While the stock has gained 7.1%, the industry has advanced 5.3%. Shares of FedEx have gained only 1.5% in the period. In fact, UPS is leaving no stone unturned to perform well in the upcoming holiday season. It expects to benefit from the growth in ecommerce. Meanwhile, growth in export shipments continues to boost UPS. Additionally, the company’s efforts to reward its shareholders seem to be encouraging. Earlier this year, it hiked quarterly dividend by 6.4%.  Furthermore, UPS' expansion efforts raise investors’ optimism. However, adverse foreign currency movements and high costs might hurt results in the third quarter of 2017. Results are scheduled to be revealed on Oct 26.”

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Guggenheim. Guggenheim currently has a $37.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $40.00.

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Craig Hallum. Craig Hallum currently has a $27.00 target price on the stock.

Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Griffin Securities. The firm currently has a $55.00 target price on the stock.

Yum China Holdings (NASDAQ:YUMC) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at CIBC. They currently have a $45.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $43.00.

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